Bobcat Baseball Takes Two from Toccoa Falls, 15-0 and 6-3

Catcher Henry Rowland drove in four in game one.
Catcher Henry Rowland drove in four in game one.

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a pair of games added to the schedule just last week, the Georgia College baseball team (25-15) swept doubleheader action Wednesday against Toccoa Falls College (16-20) 15-0 and 6-3 at John Kurtz Field.  

Game one featured four Bobcat pitchers combining for a shutout, and the Bobcat batters taking advantage of 11 walks and 12 hits for 15 runs.

Catcher Henry Rowland (Augusta) responded well to his first start behind the plate, going 2-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored. Centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville) swatted his fourth home run of the season as part of the four-run second inning, adding a triple for four total RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) drove in three and went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI single.

Rightfielder Brandon Purcell (Glennville) and designated hitter Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) posted two hits each, Purcell scoring three times and Hazel twice.

Starter Conner Alford (Macon) got the win (3-1) fanning three and allowing just one hit over three innings. Lefty Michael McKinney (Dalton) added two scoreless frames, with Jordan Brooks (Macon) and Cameron Busby (Grovetown) throwing an inning apiece.

Game two was a much closer affair, as the Screaming Eagles plated three runs on four hits in the top of the first. The Bobcats answered back with three in the bottom half, the tie coming on a single by Mattix to center. Georgia College took the lead in the second and didn't look back, plating the go-ahead run on a Toccoa Falls error.

Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans) was the lone multi-hit performer in game two, going 3-for-3 in coming a triple shy of the cycle. He knocked a solo home run through the treetops in right center for his team-leading 11th round-tripper. Sandlin added three runs scored and one RBI.

After the three-run first, five relievers combined to silence the Screaming Eagles the rest of the way. Senior Josh Pape (Locust Grove) got the win (1-0), throwing two hitless innings, walking a pair. Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) threw a scoreless ninth, striking out the side around a pair of hits for his sixth save.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 23 at 5 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College to start a three-game Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series.

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